The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is an intellectual center addressing the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society, guided by the values of democracy, development, and civil liberties. Areas of focus include copyright, media law and policy, and privacy.

Upcoming Events

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Bryan Choi

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: room 121


"For Whom the Data Tolls"

Data privacy depends on a reunified theory of the fourth and fifth amendments. Data technologies allow personal information to be disembodied from physical bodies and “possessed” simultaneously by both first persons and third parties. As a result, the government has been able to use a divide-and-conquer strategy to obtain incriminating evidence alternately from the data intermediary or from the suspect himself.

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Cryptography & Open-Source Solutions

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

YLS Room 129

Communications security is an increasing concern for lawyers, journalists, and citizens of our digitally connected world. The events of the past two years have shed light on many software vulnerabilities, as well as problems with our basic security assumptions.

Join us as we walk through free and open-source solutions to some of these dilemmas, introducing key concepts in privacy, security, and cryptography. We will provide a quick overview of the following tools:

  •     Encrypted chat options
  •     Web browser plugins
  •     Secure password storage
  •     The Tor anonymity network

All the tools we will cover are freely available, actively developed, and growing in popularity. The discussion will be lead by Sean O'Brien, educational technologist and free/open-source software advocate.  Come find out how to defend yourself from software surveillance and communicate on the Internet privately.

Please bring a laptop if possible; we will be installing and setting up crypto software.